I don’t do this. I don’t think I’ve ever done this.
I don’t use this blog to simply pass along content from other websites. I’ve always wanted this to be a place for my opinion and commentary, not copied and pasted regurgitation.
So, honestly, when someone — a friend of Abigail’s — sent me this video last week, I didn’t think I’d put it on my site.
But then I watched it.
And then I watched it again.
This is truly one of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen. I don’t say that lightly. The woman in the clip is named Abigail Smith.
She had terminal cancer. She died a couple of weeks ago — shortly after filming this.
What makes this video remarkable is the sheer courage, faith, and wisdom this young woman demonstrates. I can write all day about these things in the abstract, but Abigail Smith provides us with a moving, real life illustration. Here she is, facing down her own imminent death, and doing so with poise and grace.
I am a coward, so I can’t fathom how she could so heroically confront her mortality. Death scares me. It terrifies me. And now that I have a wife and children, I feel an almost suffocating, paralyzing fear of death. It’s not just my own death; more pressingly, it’s the unavoidable reality that everyone I love will one day — any day — be taken. These thoughts make existence feel fragile, which it is, and I can barely cope with that fact.
Yet here is this 24 year old woman, marching into her demise with a smile on her face and love in her heart. But it isn’t simply the smile that fascinates and inspires me; it’s the incredible insights she offers.
This is genuinely beautiful, tragic, sad, edifying, and definitely worth ten minutes of your time. Watch it.
It might be the most important thing you do today.
A Facebook page dedicated to Abby can be found here.